Chinese manufacturer ZTE is quite active in its home region, although it barely makes noise elsewhere. And now, we’re getting a glimpse of the company’s latest offering, bearing a flagship level hardware. Known as the Star 2, the smartphone could remain an exclusive to the region, at least initially.
Leaving no stone unturned in its quest to upset citizens, lawmakers, and PR professionals, Uber enabled its “surge pricing” policy in the midst of an ongoing hostage crisis in Sydney, Australia.
Like the expansion of Mr. Smith throughout the Matrix, it seems HTC has a problem with their most recent flagship devices, the HTC One (M7) and HTC One (M8), that is causing the devices to not be able to make or receive calls using the normal cellular network. Users began noting the problem as far back as October and a post by XDA member PondaRox on November 2nd really brought the issue out in the open. Unfortunately, although HTC seems to be aware of the problem, they have made no official statement regarding its existence or a possible fix.
T-Mobile has announced their Wideband LTE service is now available in the New York City area, including adjoining areas like northern New Jersey, White Plains and Scarsdale. According to T-Mobile’s Neville Ray, “New Yorkers deserve a network that moves at the blazing speed of this amazing city. Our LTE network was already fastest here. Now, with the launch of Wideband LTE, we’ve widened our lead even further throughout the greater metro area.”
According to T-Mobile, their New York City area customers use an average of 2.6 GB of data per month and average 22.2 Mbps download speeds. That will increase with the expansion of Wideband LTE by about 50 percent with peak speeds in excess of 100 Mbps. The New York area becomes the 27th major market covered by T-Mobile’s Wideband LTE service. The company plans to roll-out Wideband LTE to more locations during 2015.
Hit the break to read the full press release from T-Mobile.
T-Mobile has been making waves ever since it unveiled its un-carrier approach to well, being a cell carrier. Some of the more notable un-carrier moves include paying off early termination fees of those who move to T-Mobile and Un-carrier 6.0 that allows users to stream music as much as they want without it affecting their data. Well, the company appears to be moving forward with Uncarrier 8.0 as T-Mobile has announced that the next iteration will be unveiled tomorrow.
Sprint Nexus 5 users, start spamming your check update buttons now. Of course I kid, that does little to speed up the process, but it appears that Sprint has green-lighted the Android 5.0.1 update for the Nexus 5 and is in the process of pushing the update to last year’s Nexus flagship. An expected bug fix, Android 5.0.1 fixes issues with factory resetting the device along with video playback issues the Nexus 7 (2013) was having.
Following the A series Samsung was toying with the idea of releasing another series with the alphabet moniker. The U series, was it was to be known, was supposed to be a high-end series of devices. The SM-U500F was one such device and it was supposed to sport an octa-core Exynos 5433 processor, 2GB of RAM, Lollipop, 16GB of internal storage expandable via SD, pack a 16MP rear shooter and an 8 mp front camera. It would come with LTE and sport a 5-inch full HD (1080p) Super AMOLED display. All of it was to be packed into a frame measuring 6.15mm thick. However, it appears that this won’t come to light — at least for the time being — as Samsung has reportedly put development on the U series on hold.
The Live Chat feature on YouTube during live streams isn’t particularly new. It’s been around in one form or another since the migration to Hangouts began, but it’s also only existed in desktop format. An update to the YouTube app (version 6.0) brings Live Chat functionality to mobile devices.
Aspirant Nexus 9 LTE owners received a little holiday incentive from AT&T. The wireless carrier is driving a promotion on many tablets, including the newly-released LTE variant of the Nexus 9, offering a $100 statement credit for adding the device to your contract.
Starting today, the Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 are now being sold in Taiwan. Both of these devices feature the new unibody casing, offering a different design aesthetic to the familiar flagship we all know, and possess the 64-bit SoC, a system chip that we don’t normally see on a mid-range priced smartphone.